: Poland says 'not yet time' to restore border traffic with Russia

12:56 Aug. 14, 2016

Poland says 'not yet time' to restore border traffic with Russia

Border between Poland and Russian Federation in Piaski (Krynica Morska). (Getty Images)

Poland suspended local border traffic with Russia's Kaliningrad region prior to NATO Summit

It is not yet time to restore local border traffic with Russia's Kaliningrad region, according to Poland's Deputy Interior Minister Jarosław Zieliński, Radio Poland reports.

"The minor interests of people who take advantage of local traffic cannot be substituted for security threats," Zieliński added. "I would ask for overall consideration of the state and not local [issues]."

The deputy interior minister said the reopening of the border will require monitoring and analysis. 

Read also Polish fighter jets intercept Russian aircraft near Krakow

Earlier, Poland closed local border traffic with Ukraine and Russia for the NATO summit and World Youth Day in July. Local traffic with Ukraine was restored but not with Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

Recently, opposition Civic Platform MPs appealed for reopening the border with Kaliningrad, following complaints from local businesses focused on Russian customers.

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